Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Official U.S. Language

Senate OKs English as official language

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- The White House Friday backed a U.S. Senate vote making English the nation's official language, saying it's important for immigrants to become fluent.

Following emotionally charged debate, the measure was approved Thursday on a 63-34 vote. It now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives to work out differences in the proposal.

It declares that except for that which is already guaranteed by law, no one has a right to federal services in a language other than English, The Washington Post said.

"You want to make sure that people are fluent in English because you want them to be able to enter the mainstream of society, and you want them to do well," White House spokesman Tony Snow said.

Opponents warned the measure could negate a number of executive orders and multilingual ordinances not officially approved by Congress.


Here at PTCruiser, we know what the official U.S. language really is...


23 Comments:

At May 24, 2006 6:45 AM, Anonymous Free Speecher said...

Hi PT.. It's me again. :)

Cute post, btw, it's very creative.

I know you'll probably delete this post because you're really not for free speech, but that's ok. I was just wondering if you knew that 47 countries have reestablished their embassies in Iraq?



Did you know that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people?



Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 schools are now under construction and 38 new schools have been built in Iraq?



Did you know that Iraq's higher educational structure consists of 20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all currently operating?



Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January 2005 for the reestablished Fulbright program?



Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational?! They have five 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment.



Did you know that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operational squadrons, which includes 9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft (under Iraqi operational control) which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and four Bell Jet Rangers?



Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion?



Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers?



Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers each 8 weeks?



Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq? They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical facilities.





Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations?



Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October?



Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158%?



Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations?



Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?



Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a televised debate recently?





OF COURSE WE DIDN'T KNOW! WHY DIDN'T WE KNOW? OUR MEDIA WOULDN'T TELL US!



Instead of reflecting our love for our country, we get photos of flag burning incidents at Abu Ghraib and people throwing snowballs at the presidential motorcades.



The lack of accentuating the positive in Iraq serves two purposes. It is intended to undermine the world's perception of the United States thus minimizing consequent support, and it is intended to discourage American citizens.



---- Above facts are verifiable on the Department of Defense web site.

 
At May 24, 2006 9:03 AM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Welcome back, free speecher. I've got a question for you. Did you know that nerly 2,500 United States soldiers have died in Iraq so that we could re-establish something that was already established before we blew it to bits and turned it upside-down? Of course you did.

 
At May 24, 2006 9:32 AM, Anonymous Free Speecher said...

Actually, those things were NOT there before. Only run down facades of those things. Now little girls without head coverings (if they choose) can attend school and get an education like their male class mates without the fear of being beaten or raped. Isn't that GREAT?? It's so awesome the work our country has done for them, don't you think? And it is sad that so many of our soldiers have died for the rights of those who had no power to fight for themselves. But, that's what soldiers sign up for and they know that when they join our military. My spouse and I were Air Force during Desert Storm and beyond. So we acutally saw these establishments that you mention. Were you over there before the war? Have you experienced the overwhelming affect your presence has on a woman as she kneels at your feet and cries with tears of joy because you've just rescued her husband from being tortured alive to death in a plastic shredder, feet first? Thought not. We understood that any war could break out and last for only God knows how long. But like I said, anyone who joins the military knows that. But thanks for trying so hard to clear that up.

I'm sure you'll delete this comment too because you certainly wouldn't want people who read your blog to hear the truth, it might make you look like you really don't know what you're talking about and that you're just a liberal who follows the liberal media and any of your representatives that TELL you what you should believe. But that's OK. So long as you get it. You know, experiencing it first hand would give you a whole new perspective on things. I'd like to see you go over there sometime and see for yourself with your own eyes and not through the eyes of a news camera, just what is really happening over there. Because I've seen it in person, and brother, it wasn't pretty. But it is getting better!

 
At May 24, 2006 10:05 AM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

Wow HA You are a joke my friend... Did you know that 3/4 of the Iraqi citizens HATE our presence there? Did you know that suicide bombs were so rare in Iraq BEFORE we got their that they didn't even warrant a mention and NOW they are a daily occurance? Did you know in a poll most Iraqis have stated they would prefer having Saddam BACK as opposed to keeping the US there?

People like you, the Military Gung Ho type, spout of rhetoric that is based on YEARS of brainwashing by your federal governemnt.

Yes it is GREAT that a woman can CHOOSE to wear a head scarf or not in Iraq, but the women in this country are slowly losing THEIR rights. You speak about all these wonderful things this goverment has done for Iraq, yet you neglect to mention the HORRIBLE things we have done their. You neglect to mention that people are dying DAILY in Darfur and our government could give two shits. You negelct to mention the violation of our constitutional rights being conducted in the name of freedom by a man who claims he was appointed by GOD....

Get a life....

 
At May 24, 2006 10:10 AM, Blogger celticfire said...

Can they chose not to be a puppet of the U.S. government, was that on the ballots? Uh, no.

Reactionaries, you're day will come...

 
At May 24, 2006 10:31 AM, Anonymous Free Speecher said...

Ladycelticfire, Like I said, I've been there and that's what I base my opinion on. The facts are based on what I have seen first hand. You are only speaking from what you've read or seen in liberal media. I have been there. I have fought there. I have lost friends BY MY SIDE there. You have not. As far as women's rights here in America, I have not seen any taken away. What rights are you referring to??

Celticfire, Your comment is rather vague. Could you enlighten a little more than just a sentence, please? When you say "they", are you referring to the US military or to the citizens of Iraq? And not to nick pick, but I'm somewhat of a grammar freak....I believe you meant to say, "Reactionaries, YOUR day will come." You used the word "you're" which is a contraction of "you" and "are." I'm sure it was a typo, but I'm just crazy that way.

 
At May 24, 2006 1:04 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

The term is not nick pick. It is nitpick. Please practice what you preach, free speecher.

 
At May 24, 2006 1:25 PM, Anonymous Free Speecher said...

Oh dear...those silly typos. Aren't I humiliated??? Good catch, PT!

 
At May 24, 2006 3:07 PM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

Wow, Al Jazeera is Liberal Media HAHAHA Not sure if they know that and then theres the BBC, Hmmmm always thought with Blair in office, they leaned a BIT to the right, oh YEAH and CNN andyes EVEN Fox News ran the report of our acceptance rates in Iraq... So GOSH Golly, I guess all the media is Liberal... Well blow me down with a peace pipe

 
At May 24, 2006 3:08 PM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

as for My female reproductive rights and actually my rights in general, I refer you to MY blog, if you dare :D

 
At May 24, 2006 3:08 PM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

and to PT HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Ok that made me giggle LOL But I am fine now.... Made any good homebrew lately :D

 
At May 24, 2006 3:10 PM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

Hmmm I just noticed, Mr. Free Speech doesn't have a blog.... Think he is scared to open it up to us CRAZY radicals LMAO

 
At May 24, 2006 3:50 PM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

No wait, I found it, there's NOTHING there hahaha

If it looks like a Troll, acts like a Troll, ir it fair to say it could very well be a... dare I say it... Troll??!!

 
At May 24, 2006 4:15 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Hi there Celticfire and Lady CF. Thank you for your contributions. This has turned out to be pretty lively. No homebrews lately, Lady CF. Been pretty busy with the freewayblogging thing whenever I have any spare time. If you get a chance, take a gander at the little project that Kvatch has started here. He literally has an entire army under his command now. And we've got orders for deployment this weekend.

 
At May 24, 2006 4:57 PM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

HA So i See.... Well serve with Honor PT :D We are with you :D

 
At May 24, 2006 7:04 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Thank you, comrades.

 
At May 24, 2006 7:55 PM, Blogger Rory Shock said...

niiice pt

 
At May 24, 2006 8:50 PM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

A sign for the times, my friend! I love it! Honk if you agree! :>)

 
At May 25, 2006 2:59 AM, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

great sign!

 
At May 25, 2006 11:30 AM, Anonymous DAD said...

Did you know that hard working U.S. citizens are paying for these improvements in IRAQ Did you know that over 100000 mostly innocent Iraques have died as a result of this war based on lies.Its amazing how brainwashing can cloud your vison freespeacher.

 
At May 25, 2006 4:12 PM, Blogger dada said...

oh wow....free speecher's really stirred things up I see. Before we accept all the tremendous things that have occurred in Iraq since we've blown the shit out of it, maybe he should check his facts out first on "Urban Legends" to see if--in *fact*--any of it might have some bases in reality. APPARENTLY, MUCH OF WHAT FREE SPEECHER IS PASSING OFF AS *FACT* ON THE REBUILDING OF IRAQ HAS BEEN CIRCULATING ON THE WEB SINCE MID-2003! (We all remember 2003: that's the year the "liberation" of Iraq began...and ended a few weeks later with "Mission Accomplished!"

As to the source of free speecher's *facts*, Urban Legends says, the "earliest known antecedent appears to be a Coalition Provisional Authority briefing given by L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. Presidential Envoy to Iraq (the highest-ranking U.S. civilian official in Iraq) on 9 October 2003. Some of the accomplishments cited in this piece were echoed in an 8 December 2003 Forbes magazine article by Caspar W. Weinberger, who served as Secretary of Defense during the Reagan administration." And it's not too difficult to imagine what kind of glowing reports one would get from the conservative shills hyping their propaganda.

Urban Legends concludes this matter by saying,"These types of items are generally impossible to categorize with a single truth value because they typically contain a mixture of fact, opinion, subjective statements, inaccuracies, and literally true but often misleading claims."

So before free speecher paints us a beautiful canvas of Iraq today vs. Iraq under Saddam, maybe he should check to see if there's any paint in his tubes.

 
At May 25, 2006 5:49 PM, Blogger james said...

I'm just excited that we've turned another corner in Iraq...oh shit, wait. I think we are just right back where we started. I thought that last turn....

(report ended as a road side bomb blew up this reporter).

Oh yeah PT, $$$ IS the official language of the United Corporations of America.

 
At May 25, 2006 9:28 PM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

HA You go Dada... Its funny how when PRESSED for sources, people like Free tend to tuck tail and run theopposite direction or shut up all together. I am in a similar debate on my blog and the person I am debating withcan not seem to find sources for his information. Si thought I should providehim with SEVERAL of my sources LOL He has YET to answer back...

 

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